Ross took Marlins reliever Mike Dunn deep for a three-run home run that provided all of the team's offense, in a 3-1 win. It was just Ross' third home run of the season, and first since May 27, nearly a month.
"Honestly I was going up there with blurry vision half the time at the plate," Ross said. "It's hard enough to hit in this league when you've got good vision, as opposed to going up with blurry vision. But it's just one of those things where you don't want to make excuses, but it's a true story. It was tough."
With starter Trevor Cahill leaving Wednesday's game against the Marlins due to a hip injury, the
Collmenter, who had not pitched since June 12, needed just 78 pitches to work his six scoreless innings, limiting the Marlins to one hit and one walk. He struck out seven batters as well.
"It was a great performance," manager Kirk Gibson told ArizonaSports.com after the game. "He was really rolling there. He had the magic wand out there and got rolling."
Despite Collmenter's big game out of the bullpen, he was saddled with a no-decision, as the Diamondbacks did not score until after he left the game. Collmenter now has a 2.43 ERA on the season, while working mostly in long relief.
Fernandez cruised through the first seven innings of the game, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless before running into trouble in the eighth. He walked two batters and was lifted with one out in the eighth inning, for reliever Mike Dunn, who allowed a three-run homer to the first batter he faced.
Fernandez was charged with two runs in 7 1/3 innings, while pitching into the eighth inning for just the third time in his professional career. Fernandez allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out four batters in the 3-1 loss. He also threw 71 of 103 pitches for strikes in the game, his second start in a row with at least 100 pitches thrown.
Fernandez now has a 3.05 ERA, and the Marlins seem to be letting him go deeper into games; he has thrown at least 87 pitches in each of his last five starts, after doing so just once in his first nine. He carries a 4-4 record into his next outing, scheduled for Tuesday against the Vikings.
That said, manager Eric Wedge said Kinney still needs more time. Wedge said this is "kind of like spring training for him."
Manager Eric Wedge said that it is unlikely Pryor returns during the first half of the season. He's hoping to begin throwing in Arizona shortly, however.
The Mariners will rotate Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse at first base and designated hitter going forward until Morse is healthy enough to play the outfield. Morse was the first baseman Wednesday.
Smoak returned to action from the disabled list Tuesday and went 1 for 4 with a home run.
Ramirez, who suffered the concussion May 25, has been taking batting practice with the team and has done running drills to this point.
"I think it'll help," Ventura said. "You would like to, but you can't guarantee that. You'd like to get him a day somewhere in here that you can -- maybe even get in around one of those off-days, so you can make it an extra day. It might not happen, but I think right now if we were able to do it, Gordon [Beckham] would go over to shortstop."
The 31-year-old Ramirez is batting .268 this season with 14 RBI and 14 stolen bases. He's been pretty warm of late with 10 hits in his last 30 at-bats.
Tejada has been unable to move laterally in the field while working out at the team's spring training complex, and has been unable to progress beyond hitting off a tee so far.
There is still no concrete timetable for his return to the field. Tejada has been out since May 30 due to this injury.
Gausman allowed seven earned runs and 10 hits over six innings with a walk, four strikeouts and a wild pitch. He allowed a three-run homer in the sixth inning to Indianapolis outfielder Andrew Lambo.
Manager Buck Showalter said Gausman would need to earn another promotion after he was demoted last week and he certainly didn't look too sharp Wednesday. He was 2-4 with a 3.11 over eight starts with Double-A Bowie before the promotion to the majors and went 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA over five starts with the Orioles.